Paramore Split Gets Ugly: Departing Members Write Off Group As "a Manufactured Product of a Major Label"
Published Dec 22, 2010When famed pop rockers Paramore announced that founding members Josh and Zac Farro had left the group, it seemed like a relatively innocuous breakup. In a blog posted on their official site this weekend (December 18), the band wrote, "We want Josh and Zac to do something that makes them happy and if that isn't here with us, then we support them finding happiness elsewhere." Now, Josh and Zac have written their own blog post, offering a very different perspective on the split.
In a lengthy statement posted on Josh's blog yesterday (December 21), the pair wrote that the band were "a manufactured product of a major label." Although the project had begun as a group, the brothers alleged that it had morphed into a solo vehicle for singer Hayley Williams.
They complained, "We've always been treated as less important than Hayley," and said that the other musicians were "riding on the coattails of 'Hayley's dream.'" Describing the ordeal as a "nightmare," that revealed that only Williams signed the record deal, saying, "The band was in the dark the whole time."
The split appears to be at least partly motivated by religion. The Farros brothers took exception to Williams's recent lyrics, saying that they contradicted statements from the Bible. They added, "We truly feel that God is leading us elsewhere and is going to do great things with us."
Despite the acrimonious split, the brothers insisted, "We are still hoping to work out a friendly way to leave our part of Paramore intact with the remaining band members, including Hayley." If that's really their goal, this blog post was probably a bad way to start.
Many Paramore fans claimed that the post was a fake, but Josh posted a video to YouTube, confirming that it was real. See that video below, and go here to read the (very long and very real) blog post.